Let's shed more light on the disabled

Without knowing how many Singaporeans have disabilities, and in what form, how can we enable them for an inclusive society?

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Traditionally, our Asian lens views disability as something to be ashamed of, to hide, to pity. In years gone by, families and institutions quietly provided for the disabled. We rarely saw anyone who was disabled venturing outside the safety of their homes.

Back then, people were focused hard on making our Little Red Dot the economic miracle that it is today. Understandably, there was just too little bandwidth to consider issues around disabilities with any depth. Whether there was 2 per cent or 20 per cent of the population who were disabled made no difference.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 28, 2018, with the headline Let's shed more light on the disabled. Subscribe